Celebrated as a beacon of
democracy and reconciliation, many people in South Africa continue to live in severe
poverty, particularly in the Eastern Cape Province. Backed by the United Nations Development Programme, the Eastern Cape's provincial government consequently launched an historically ambitious programme – the Provincial Growth
and Development Plan – aimed at tackling the province's poverty, unemployment and
inequality over a ten-year period in a radical policy overhaul.
Drawing on the author’s
first-hand engagement with the planning process, Development Planning in
South Africa is an empirically rich study that utilises a strategic-relational
approach to explore the ways in which this unprecedented challenge was
negotiated and eventually undermined by the South African state.
The first work of its kind, the book provides an
indispensable micro-level study with profound implications for how state power
is understood to be organised and expressed in state policy. Relevant beyond
South Africa to policy implementation in both developing and developed states
globally, the book is essential reading for students and scholars of government
studies, political economy, development, policy studies and social movements.